U.S. Naval Academy Class of '67
There are four big items remaining on our near term Class agenda:
(1) Wrapping up our ongoing 50th Anniversary Class project of raising $1,967,000
by October 17th, 2017;
(2) Initiating the final Planning/registration phase for our 50th Reunion;
(3) Finish the Company inputs of classmate bios for the 50th Anniversary
Book project (Golden Lucky Bag) project; and
(4) Complete the final year of our “Another Link in the Chain” (ALITC)
program with the Class of 2017, culminating in ’17’s graduation
on 26 May 2017.
We periodically open the ’67 Class Store for purchase of ’67
specific event or other project-specific items. When new merchandise is offered
we email everyone who has a valid email address at the AA.
Jack Parry continues his admirable duty as our ’67 ALITC Chairman
and we have the Class of ’17’s I-Day, Plebe Summer events, Sea
Trials, Herndon, Youngster Luau, Commitment Night Dinner (2 for 7), Bonds
of Gold, and the ’17-’67 Ring Dance weekend in our wake. It is
hard to believe ’17 is now in their First Class year and leading the
The next ALITC events are:
-The ’17 Service Assignment dinner in November 2016
-The six Battalion Receptions for ’17 at Alumni House in January & February
-Commissioning Week leading to the Graduation Ceremony on 26 May 2017
The Class 50th Anniversary gift drive is going well with 16 months to complete
our multi-pronged gift. You will be receiving a status report from me in
the future as we work to meet and hopefully exceed our goal of $1,967,000.
By this time you should have heard from your Company Representative as we
are in the latter stages of producing the ’67 50th Anniversary Book.
If you are among the over 600 that have submitted your bio to Tony Wayne – thank
you. If you are a laggard – we need to get you going! The deadline
is rapidly approaching and you don’t want to be left out of this wonderful ’67
Thanks to our editor-in-chief Ed Mills (our original 1967 Lucky Bag editor),
Mike “Geno” Quinlan, Ed Kerins, and Tony Wayne for taking on
this momentous, and what has proven to be by predecessor classes, a most
cherished addition to our class, alumni, and individual family histories.
In particular Ed Kerins has received a number of “Company” advertisements
for the 50th Anniversary book – greatly helping bring the price per
copy down significantly. We would appreciate more Companies jumping in here!
In fall of 2015 we cheerfully welcomed many out-of-town classmates and families
to the ’67 Village tailgate at Navy home football games. We’ve
posted a “Rules of the Road” link on the Calendar for our tailgates
and a graphic of the location just outside Gate D on the Blue (Brigade) side
of the stadium. Put down 2016 as a year to join us in Annapolis as Navy enters
its second year as a football member of the American Athletic Conference.
Kick-off times vary again this year so stay tuned.
Away football games have proven to be wonderful opportunities for “local” classmates,
and those coming in for the game, to get together at both a Class event and
the BIG Navy pre-game tailgate. We put out this information closer to the
football season commences. One big game away from Annapolis is Navy-Notre
Dame in Jacksonville, FL on 5 November!
We still have classmates in the “missing” category. We need
your help in bringing everyone back into the fold. Your class officers continually
attempt to find “lost” classmates and widows, and try to keep
all “known” classmates from becoming “lost” again.
To that end, I ask all of you to keep up the effort to find all of our 1,259
classmates who came together on our “I Day”- 26 June 1963. Turn
in any and all “lost” classmates to me, Jim McNeece and/or Dick
Meade! And, keep your own Alumni Association record up to date.
One last point, as we enter the new “later mid-middle age”…we
are still only at about 75% members in our Alumni Association. I want to
see us approach 100%, as USNA shaped and molded us to superbly serve and
command these past 48+ years!
You need to be on the Class Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285
and watch for class-wide emails for details.
We need to stay über-organized as a class and keep our role and reputation
as a leader and integral part of our greater alumni body. We need to do our
part to ensure USNA continues to be, now and in the future, the national
treasure it is. Your officers can lead the Class much more effectively if
we are all members of the Alumni Association. We use the Association’s
considerable and robust database for all class communications, reunion services,
and IT support services. Please ensure your profile is current and you are
signed into Online Community on www.usna.com (click at “My Account”).
Again, our class Facebook page is:https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285
where we, over 300 classmates and spouses, are gathering many of our Class & family
photos, videos, and news! (No politics, over the edge humor, or controversial
topics – just “family material).
As 2016 roars through the half-way point I want to thank all who made donations/contributions
over the past 3 years to the Class ALITC Fund, and/or the Class of ’67
50th Anniversary Class project fund drive, and/or the Foundation’s
Annual and/or Athletic Excellence Funds.
I ask all of you to consider making all your USNA charitable gifts over
the next year and a half through the Class project’s various components.
I would like to see all donate your maximum while strongly considering staying
or becoming, at a minimum, an annual Presidents Circle member.
We alumni need to do our part in ensuring that USNA remains the premier
leadership institution in the land.
I again want to thank your class officers for their involvement and outstanding
service helping me in achieving our overall goal of keeping ’67 a cohesive,
caring, and enduring class. My heartfelt kudos to Wayne Savage (VP), Jim
McNeece (Scribe), Jack Parry (Treasurer & ALITC Chairman), Dick Meade
(Web and Database Guru (“Dick of the Database”), and Steve Phillips
(‘67 Store Manager).
Be involved, and in contact, often!
Go Navy! Beat Army!!!
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